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Maytag 806 loud agitation on gentle
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Post# 1018915   12/23/2018 at 13:23 by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

I have a Maytag 806 that runs well, but when I put it on gentle today, it was loud during agitation, and sounded like it was struggling so I put it back on normal wash. On slow or normal spin speed it runs just fine. Is there something wrong with the transmission? It doesn't leak oil at all. Any suggestions? Sometimes it will quiet down for about 15 seconds then come back loud again. It is only during agitation. Thank you folks.

Post# 1018917 , Reply# 1   12/23/2018 at 14:02 by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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Most machines,  regardless of manufacturer, are louder on the slow agitation setting.  I have a Maytag A712, which is basically the same as your 806.  It's louder when it's agitating slowly, and sometimes there will be a rattling noise that goes along with it, which eventually stops.   Ambient temperatures are also a factor.  If your machine is located in a garage or basement, you may notice it's slower to ramp up to normal agitation and may be louder before it reaches that stage.

Post# 1018925 , Reply# 2   12/23/2018 at 15:52 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Runs well, glad to hear it!

Post# 1018927 , Reply# 3   12/23/2018 at 16:09 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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I have an A108S, single speed, usually very quiet. But SOMETIMES when it's returning suds, there's some unpleasant harmonic vibration between pump, agitator, and the spline that creates a rattle something fierce. Once it gets about 1/4 of the water back in the tub, it silences. I have not found anything wrong, there's just an occasional interplay of motions motors speeds and parts that gets into a loud vibrating Maytag, then it shuts up and washes well!

Post# 1018928 , Reply# 4   12/23/2018 at 16:44 by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

Goatfarmer, yes it does. It had a leak where the water comes in that I fixed. Dryer needs a new cord. But it washes very well!

Post# 1018968 , Reply# 5   12/24/2018 at 07:10 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Excellent!  Did you try the suds saver?


Merry Christmas!

Post# 1018983 , Reply# 6   12/24/2018 at 10:37 by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

The suds-saver just buzzes loud. That's fine though I don't need it.

Post# 1033146 , Reply# 7   5/19/2019 at 18:32 by oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

Ok. The gentle agitation eventually makes it shut off, I don't know why. Here is a video of what it sounds like.

Anybody have a guess what might be wrong?

Post# 1033148 , Reply# 8   5/19/2019 at 18:54 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I am not sure what is wrong, but my A810 and A606 are a little louder on the slow speed then on the high speed agitation, same thing with my Kenmore portable washer. My A606 is a little quieter than my A810 is on the slow speed agitaton speed, but itís about the same.

Post# 1033160 , Reply# 9   5/19/2019 at 20:10 by robbinsandmyers (Hamden CT)        

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My A407 is so quiet on gentile it sounds like its not even running. Prob because it wont lol

Post# 1033161 , Reply# 10   5/19/2019 at 20:14 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Loud Low Speed Agitation On A MT A806

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Hi, How long will it operate on low speed agitation before it cuts off ?


If it runs less than a minute and then the motor won't run at all for a few minutes the motor is overheating and cutting off on the thermal overload.


Question : does the washer spin properly on low speed spin ?, if it works on low spin you have a bad bush-button speed selector switch, if it does not work on low spin either you have a bad motor or speed selector switch or timer, check it out.


Maytag washers and dryers always had far more unusual electrical problems than about any other company.


John L.

Post# 1033169 , Reply# 11   5/19/2019 at 20:45 by oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

It runs for a few minutes, low speed spin works fine. To make it start again, you have to switch water levels then switch back. Ex. from normal to medium load size then back to normal. Otherwise the washer won't start again.

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